Garlic Cheesy Bread

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This easy garlic cheesy bread starts with leftover hot dog buns and tops it with garlic butter, mozzarella and parmesan. A perfect side dish for nearly any main course!

a wood cutting board with individual garlic cheese breadsticks piled on top of each other

We spent years making garlic bread with full size loaves of Italian or French bread and pretty much never thought to do it any other way! It was like we were on autopilot and thought that was the only way make it.

Until one day I had some leftover hot dog rolls and decided to use them for some garlic cheesy bread already portioned to an individual serving. Because let’s face it, cutting a a hot loaf of bread into individual slices is no fun at all!

These turned out so well, that it’s pretty much the only way we make garlic bread now for a couple reasons:

  • We can make exactly as many serving sizes as we want so we waste less.
  • When we made full size loaves of Italian bread, we would only eat about 25% of it and so much would often get thrown away because it’s just way too much for 4 people.
  • We can customize them if we want since each person gets their own. For example, sometimes my husband likes straight garlic bread without the cheese, my son will often sprinkle extra garlic powder on his, etc.
  • They aren’t quite as filling as a slice of Italian bread since they’re thinner. Less carbs… hooray!!

up close shot of cheesy garlic bread on hot dog rolls

How to Make Garlic Cheesy Bread

This recipe makes 8 individual “breadsticks”. If you ask me, that means 8 servings. If you ask my son, it means 2 servings. Take that for what you want, but just notice in the recipe card I do have the nutritional info listed for 8 servings since it’s 8 individual portions, and I’m a normal human being.

But it really could not be easier to make these! Start with by separating each hot dog bun down the middle so each bun becomes two pieces.

Lay your bread pieces on a cookie sheet with the inside of the bun facing up.

cookie sheet with hot dog rolls spread out and a glass bowl with a garlic cheese butter

In a small bowl, mix your softened butter, minced garlic, parsley, parmesan and mozzarella. Stir it up really well to make sure it’s evenly mixed.

glass bowl of garlic parmesan butter

Then spread your butter mixture evenly among your hot dog rolls. Don’t worry about being too careful. They’re all just going to come out looking and smelling heavenly anyways!

cookie sheet with hot dog rolls spread with a garlic parmesan butter before baking

Then bake at 425 for about 10 minutes or so. You want to watch them to make sure they don’t burn because the actual time will depend on how hot your oven runs and which rack you put your baking sheet on.

I like mine a little crispier versus still soft in the middle, but that’s going to be personal preference. You want them golden brown, though, with the cheese nice and melted!

up close shot of the garlic cheese breadstick with lots of parsley

Tips for Making Garlic Cheesy Bread

  • You can make the butter cheese mixture ahead of time and just store it in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.
  • I’ve even kept it in the fridge for a week or so and we just use it to make one hot dog roll worth of breadsticks as we want them rather than a whole batch.
  • You can use this same butter mixture on a loaf of Italian or French bread if traditional garlic bread is more your jam. I’ve also used it on hamburger rolls if that’s all I have on hand!
  • Feel free to adjust the measurements to suit your taste: less parsley or garlic if you find them too overpowering, more cheese if dairy is your love language.
  • This garlic cheesy bread pairs perfectly with so many dishes like our favorite grilled chicken, BBQ meatballs or even Fried Fish with a Dijon Mustard Sauce. If you have a main dish, this is your easy side!

a wood cutting board with garlic cheese breadsticks piled on top of each other

up close shot of cheesy garlic bread on hot dog rolls
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Garlic Cheesy Bread

This easy garlic cheesy bread starts with leftover hot dog buns and tops it with garlic butter, mozzarella and parmesan. A perfect side dish for nearly any main course!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: cheesy garlic bread
Servings: 8
Calories: 152kcal
Author: The Endless Appetite


  • 4 Hot Dog Rolls
  • 5 Tbsp. Butter softened
  • 1 Tbsp. Garlic minced
  • 1/2 Tbsp. Parsley
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan shredded
  • 2 Tbsp. Mozzarella shredded


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Split hot dog rolls in half and place on a baking sheet. There should be 8 individual pieces of bread.
  • In a medium size bowl, mix butter, garlic, parsley, parmesan and mozzarella until well combined. Spread evenly among the 8 pieces of bread.
  • Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.


Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 246mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 358IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 1mg

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